UAVOS has presented their air taxi SumoAir as an autonomous concept for vertical e-mobility.
The all-electric, tandem rotor helicopter concept consists of a five-seater passenger including the pilot cabin that can be attached to either a car or a flight module. The helicopter will be operated both manually and autonomously. The project is a part of UAVOS’ R&D efforts to explore and understand the fundamental technologies behind electric aircraft and the urban air mobility (UAM) market.
SumoAir unmanned helicopter has a tandem rotor configuration with two large horizontal rotors mounted one in front of the other. The UAV features two redundant high - lift propulsion units. Their three - bladed rotors are driven by two electric motors at around 520 rpm to ensure a low acoustic footprint. UAVOS’s air taxi concept has additional safety advantages to the existing option such as autorotation flight and landing capability. SumoAir is targeting a cruise speed of approximately 87 mi/h (140 km/h) with endurance up to 1,3 h. The passengers will be able to cruise at altitudes up to 8,200 ft (2,500 m).
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